"SWI swissinfo.ch is the proud heir to a fascinating history of Swiss foreign reporting. Now using online platforms and social media instead of the airwaves of the past, we're a 'soft' power, conveying Swiss values to the wider world, using modern language and modern ways of storytelling."

Igor Petrov
Head of the Russian Department

FOREWORD TO THE
2016 ANNUAL REPORT

We are often asked how SWI swissinfo.ch (SWI) selects its topics. And given the almost endless torrent of information, it's a fair question. In the past media professionals thought they knew what readers wanted and needed, and they made their own decisions about what to report on. But those times are gone. Today empirical analysis, together with user surveys and comments, makes it possible to identify public preferences with a relatively high degree of precision.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH LARISSA M. BIELER

"Switzerland has strong global interrelationships: it shapes foreign countries, it exercises influence, it depends on foreign countries – journalistically we have to position ourselves more strongly"

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SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Lucy Küng

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Oscar Knapp

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Sylvia Egli von Matt

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"TWITTERVIEW" WITH BALZ RIGENDINGER

Chief Editor for Switzerland

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Peter Zschaler
Head of Finances and Controlling, Dep. Director

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WHAT DOES
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
ACTUALLY DO?

SOCIAL MEDIA AT
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
in 2017

no trivia here!

SWI SWISSINFO.CH

«Your connection to Switzerland»

TVSVIZZERA.IT,
SWISS WEB TV FOR THE ITALIAN AUDIENCE

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The Public Council of SWI swissinfo.ch looks back at 2017

We asked the members of the Public Council to answer the following two questions and to take a look back at 2017.

  • Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch particularly important in 2017?
  • What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you on www.swissinfo.ch?

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Introducing the Multimedia team
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Will Switzerland sort out its differences with the EU in 2023?
In 2021, the Swiss government broke off negotiations with the EU on an institutional framework agreement to govern future ...
The Swiss view of free movement within the EU
Livia Leu, Switzerland's chief negotiator with the European Union, has been talking about the challenges ahead in 2023, ...
Director vs dictator: The enduring relevance of Charlie Chaplin
A bad imitation of me,” Charlie Chaplin said of Adolf Hitler, who inspired The Great Dictator, one of Chaplin's most commercially ...
Episode 05: The chicken dance of neutrality
What does neutrality even mean? Where does the world famous "chicken dance" come from? And why is Switzerland to blame?
Studying bones in the lab
Before 1960, broken bones were treated simply by using plaster casts or traction. Then 13 Swiss surgeons began rethinking ...
The gathering of bone doctors
The Swiss town of Davos is famous for mountain slopes, winter sports and the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
From cocoa bean to chocolate: the process explained
The chocolate supply chain features many intermediaries from bean to bar. Those doing the hardest jobs at the bottom of the ...
Ukrainian paintings showcased in Switzerland
The Kunstmuseum Basel has tweaked its programme to welcome 49 paintings brought out of Ukraine. The exhibition was ...
Accessing cancer treatment in Kenya
We met Lucia Syokau Muli in Makueni, south of Nairobi: she found out she had breast cancer at the age of 27. She explained us ...
Revolutionary technology puts GoldenPass trains on the right track
Thanks to pioneering technology, passengers on Switzerland's GoldenPass panoramic trains can now travel directly from the ...

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SWI Highlights 2017

SWI swissinfo.ch Audience Council

In accordance with the SWI swissinfo.ch swisconstitution, the Public Council ensures close contact between the programme managers and the audience.

The Public Council advises the managers in all programme matters and monitors and supports programme work with observations, suggestions and ideas. It regularly evaluates the development, organization and success of the international mandate in terms of quality, relevance, variety and uniqueness.

Urs Ziswiler, President of the Public Council
Former ambassador (Canada, USA, Spain), member of the Board of Directors and member of various committees since 2013, Zurich

Diccon Bewes, Vice-president
author and bookseller, Berne

Chok Woo
Engineer and manager, Berne

Marina Karlin
Publishing director, editor and journalist, Zurich

Cinzia dal Zotto 
Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

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"Switzerland as it lives and functions. We explain our country for a foreign-based audience. The Swiss Department produces unbiased, in-depth, non-sensational items on key issues and events from Switzerland." 

Balz Rigendinger
Head of the Swiss Department

THE OSA AND
SWI SWISSINFO.CH

A summary by
Ariane Rustichelli,
Director of the OSA

Key figures

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201720162015
Operating result (CHF 1'000) 13 -216 0
Total expenditure (CHF 1'000) 18'807 18'817 17'732
Total return (CHF 1'000) 18'820 18'601 17'732
Financing SWI swissinfo.ch
Proportion SRG SSR (in %) 49.9 51.3 50.0
Proportion Confederation (in %) 49.9 48.5 49.5
Proportion SWI swissinfo.ch (in %) 0.2 0.2 0.5
Investments (CHF 1'000) 377 189 310
Proportion of turnover committed to investment (in %) 2.0 1.0 1.7
Depreciation (CHF 1'000) 370.0 478.0 505.0
Equity capital (CHF 1'000) 1'466 1'453 1'669
Provision (CHF 1'000) 630 1'345 581
Full-time positions 85 85 85
Salary increase (in %) 0.0 0.0 0.0

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